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Illinois Lottery Joins Other States Celebrating Successes During Lottery Week

Illinois Lottery Joins Other States Celebrating Successes During Lottery Week

ILLINOIS (IRN) — The Illinois Lottery is giving itself some love this week. In the 34 years since Illinois first started selling lottery tickets, the Illinois Lottery has seen $20 billion change hands. Some of that money has gone to schools, projects for veterans and a number of other good causes. The Illinois Lottery officials…read more

Illinois Schools to Take Part in 2020 Census

Illinois Schools to Take Part in 2020 Census

ILLINOIS (IRN) — The 2020 Census will soon come to an Illinois classroom near you. The state of Illinois is dedicated to counting everyone in the state. Billions of dollars in federal funding are on the line. And that means students, from kindergarten to high school, will get a lesson in the next school year…read more

Efforts to separate Chicago from Illinois, pass local gun-rights ordinances among topics at Springfield event

Efforts to separate Chicago from Illinois, pass local gun-rights ordinances among topics at Springfield event

ILLINOIS (IRN) — Elected officials, including two Republican lawmakers, talked with residents Saturday about two controversial efforts, one that would separate Chicago from the rest of the state and another to encourage more counties to pass resolutions declaring themselves gun sanctuary counties.   While gun sanctuary resolutions have caught on in some parts of the…read more

Illinois State Medical Society prez talks health care issues

Illinois State Medical Society prez talks health care issues

ILLINOIS (RFD) — Ask Dr. Paul Pedersen about the biggest issues facing Illinois in his role as president of the Illinois State Medical Society, and he has a pretty good size list. He says prevention is key as well and he recommends such procedures as colonoscopies, prostate cancer screenings and mammograms that lead to early…read more

Pest activity starting to pick up

Pest activity starting to pick up

ILLINOIS (RFD) — Activity is starting to pick up for the State Agriculture Pest Survey Coordinator. Kelly Estes provides an update from her office in Champaign. Estes staff includes six interns this summer.read more

Illinois is Already Behind on Its New Gambling Law

Illinois is Already Behind on Its New Gambling Law

ILLINOIS (IRN) — Illinois’ new gambling expansion is barely two weeks old, but the state is already behind schedule. Illinois lawmakers intentionally set the state on a fast track to open casinos in Chicago, Rockford, Waukegan, the south suburbs, Danville, and in southern Illinois. But the state is not keeping up the pace. The state…read more

Pritzker Doesn’t Hold Back on Flap Tied to Scrapped Confederate RR Concert

Pritzker Doesn’t Hold Back on Flap Tied to Scrapped Confederate RR Concert

ILLINOIS (RFD) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s decision to cancel the performance of a country band at the DuQuoin State Fair has put Illinois politics in the spotlight. Pritzker canceled the scheduled performance of Confederate Railroad, a country band from Georgia, over the group’s use of the Confederate flag. Opponents have said the governor is playing…read more

Illinois, OSHA Look to Start Conversation About Workplace Violence

ILLINOIS (IRN) — What would your office do if there was a fight? If someone started punching, or worse? The Illinois Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration want to get bosses to think about workplace violence. Illinois Labor Director Ben Noven said workplace violence can run the gamut. “Illinois OHSA defines workplace violence as…read more

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Autograph at Delmar Hall

Autograph at Delmar Hall

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